Kyrgyzstan – New coalition agreed

In Kyrgyzstan, a new governing coalition has been agreed.

RFE/RL is reporting that a three-party coalition bringing together the Social Democratic, Ar-Namys (Dignity), and Ata-Meken (Fatherland) parties has been agreed. If so, they would have the support of 69 deputies in the 120-seat parliament. The Kyrgyzstan news agency is also reporting that some deputies from the opposition parties may also support the new government.

The previous government fell because the Ar-Namys (Dignity), and Ata-Meken (Fatherland) parties withdrew from the government. They are now back, but the Respublika party, which had been in the previous government, has now joined the opposition. The previous prime minister was a representative of the Respublika party. Presumably, the Ar-Namys (Dignity), and Ata-Meken (Fatherland) were willing to renew the coalition only if Respublika was excluded.

The new prime minister is due to be Zhantoro Satybaldiev, who represents the Social Democratic party. President Almazbek Atambaev also represents the Social Democrats.

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